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Blues in the Air [Fabulous/Acrobat]

  • 1. Summertime
    2. Maple Leaf Rag
    3. One O'Clock Jump
    4. Dear Old Southland
    5. Saturday Night Blues
    6. Bechet's Steady Rider
    7. China Boy
    8. Blues in Thirds
    9. Save It, Pretty Mama
    10. Egyptian Fantasy
    11. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
    12. Coal Black Shine
    13. Sheikh of Araby, The
    14. Blues of Bechet
    15. Limehouse Blues
    16. Mood Indigo
    17. Blues in the Air
    18. Rose Room
    19. Twelfth Street Rag
    20. Jazz Me Blues
    21. Blue Horizon
    22. Muskrat Ramble
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 143

  • Credits

    Personnel: Sidney Bechet (clarinet, soprano saxophone); Charlie Howard, Teddy Bunn, Carmen Mastren (guitar); Everett Barksdale (electric guitar); Henry Goodwin, Henry "Red" Allen, Sidney DeParis, Tommy Ladnier, Charlie Shavers (trumpet); Muggsy Spanier, Rex Stewart (cornet); Teddy Nixon, J.C. Higginbotham, Vic Dickenson (trombone); Hank Duncan, Jim Tolliver, Don Donaldson, Meade "Lux" Lewis, Sonny White, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Earl Hines (piano); J.C. Heard, Morris Morand, Kenny Clarke, Manzie Johnson, Big Sid Catlett, Baby Dodds (drums).
    Recording information: 12/15/1932-12/20/1944.
    It's too bad in a sense that Louis Armstrong gets all the attention for early-period jazz when fellow New Orleanian Sidney Bechet was just as vital, and in his time assuredly as influential. These 22 tracks display the immortal clarinetist/soprano saxophonist in his prime around the early '30s. While not an essential collection, there are many of his most well-played numbers here, including "Summertime," "China Boy," "The Sheikh of Araby," "Limehouse Blues," "Rose Room," "Jazz Me Blues," and "Muskrat Ramble." A good starter set for students or a compacted package of a much larger discography for mavens, this is a welcome piece of classic vintage jazz that can be easily recommended. ~ Michael G. Nastos

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